Professor Khyati Joshi to be honored by American Conference on Diversity

The American Conference on Diversity Greater Bergen Chapter will honor Fairleigh Dickinson University associate education Professor Khyati Joshi and others as part of the 2012 Humanitarian Awards. The honorees will be recognized at the Annual Humanitarian Awards Breakfast on Thursday, October 25 at FDU.

Humanitarian Award -- Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi, Associate Professor of Education, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Prior to joining FDU's faculty, Dr. Joshi was a visiting assistant professor at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. She also taught in the American Studies program at Princeton University. Professor Joshi is the author of "New Roots in America's Sacred Ground: Religion, Race and Ethnicity in Indian America," awarded that National Association for Multicultural Education's 2007 Philip C. Chinn Book Award. She is co-editor of "Asian Americans Down South" and Understanding Religious Oppression and Christian Privilege." She has co-authored chapters on religious oppression and immigration, racism and globalization for the second editions of "Readings for Diversity and Social Justice" and "Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice," and contributed a chapter on second-generation Hindu Americans to "Sustaining Faith Tradition." Joshi is the Religion, Schools and Society section editor for the "Encyclopedia on Diversity in Education." In New Jersey, Joshi testified before the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Immigration, was a member of the Governor's Asian American Commission and served on the New Jersey Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Commission. Joshi is also a member and past co-chair of the managing board for the Asian Pacific American Religion Research Initiative.

Community Service Award -- Nancy Boone, Founder and Market Manager, Ramsay Farmer's Market

Diversity in Higher Education Award -- Educational Opportunity Fund, Ramapo College of NJ

Humanitarian Award -- Dr. Joan Rivitz, New Jersey Civil Rights Commissioner; Associate Director, New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education; Chairperson, New Jersey Human Relations Council Advisory Board

The Humanitarian Awards breakfast will be held from 8-10 a.m. at FDU's Metropolitan Campus in the Rutherford Room of the Student Union Building. Tickets are $60. For more, call 732-745-9330 or visit

The American Conference on Diversity operates eight chapters to help educate and empower leaders and bring messages of inclusion and respect to communities through New Jersey.

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